I got up just after 6am. It was almost the first light of the day and the sunrise was still about 20 minutes away. It was freezing outside. I hurriedly put on my jacket and trousers, and walked straight to the waterhole to see if any animals were already there.

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Surprisingly, there was only one springbok....

I was expecting a lot more animals to be having water there at dawn, but only one tiny springbok. How funny is that?!

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Desperately hoping to see some animals at dawn, I left the waterhole and drove my car to the west.

Only a few minutes after I left Okaukuejo, a family of giraffes came into my eyes. They were walking slowly through the bush and across our driveway towards a big lake.

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I had seen two giraffes from afar at Scothia Game Reserve in South Africa two months earlier. This time five giraffes showed up and they were quite close from my car. I was so thrilled to see them then!

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As the giraffe family slowly faded out of my sight, the golden sun rose above the horizon and started burning my eyes. I decided to drive back to my hotel in Okaukuejo for breakfast.

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After having a nice buffet-style breakfast back in Okaukuejo, I once again went back to the waterhole to see if there were any animals there. And the photo below shows what it was like at the waterhole then.

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It was completely different from earlier this morning. There were buffaloes, zebras, springboks and gemsboks everywhere!

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Amongst these thirsty animals, one giraffe appeared out of nowhere and I instantly became curious how that super-tall and skinny animal would drink water at the waterhole.

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Unlike other animals, this giraffe didn't walk into the waterhole, but it stopped at the shore.

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And the next second, what this giraffe did blew my mind as shown in the photo below.

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I could never guess that!
It was such a unique way of drinking and I was amazed but laughing at the same time.
Somehow it was so adorable, and Giraffe has now become one of my favourite animals.

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The photos below show all the other animals I witnessed in Etosha National Park today.

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Unfortunately, I saw no lions, no leopards, and no cheetahs.
However, I still saw tons of other animals and I was very pleased to visit Etosha in the end.


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